Selected Poems, 1954-1986

Selected Poems, 1954-1986

by Tomas Tranströmer
     
 

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Tomas Tranströmer's poems are thick with the feel of life lived in a specific place: the dark, overpowering Swedish winters, the long thaws and brief paradisal summers in the Stockholm archipelago. He conveys a sense of what it is like to be a private citizen in the second half of the twentieth century.

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Tomas Tranströmer's poems are thick with the feel of life lived in a specific place: the dark, overpowering Swedish winters, the long thaws and brief paradisal summers in the Stockholm archipelago. He conveys a sense of what it is like to be a private citizen in the second half of the twentieth century.

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Library Journal
Transtromer's haunting poems, which frequently explore the boundary between human consciousness and the unknown (``I walk home through the humid woods'' and ``know suddenly that the plants have thoughts''), have long been admired by Robert Bly, among others. This selection of over 100 poems (rendered by 12 translators) bears ample testimony to the Swedish poet's gift for conveying the truths of time and selfhood that lie adjacent to the mundane routines of our technological welfare society. On a pilgrimage through a world that is half contemporary Sweden, half dream landscape, he shows us ``the blue wind flowers'' that ``open a secret passage to the real celebration, which is quiet as death.'' Frank Allen, Assoc. Dean, Continuing Education, Allentown Coll., Center Valley, Pa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780880014038
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1994
Series:
Modern European Poets Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
615,245
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

Meet the Author

Tomas Transtromer, recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature, was born in Stockholm in 1931 and is a psychologist by profession. One of Sweden’s most distinguished poets, he has also received the Bonnier Poetry Prize and the Petrarch Prize in Germany. He lives in Stockholm with his wife, Monica.

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